The Baetis Revolution has the very best digital audio for 2-channel audiophile systems via the industry's only galvanically isolated, dedicated SPDIF connection, right on the motherboard. Because it is a true computer, it can rip as well as play almost all audio and video formats, including CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs. Even ripped or downloaded SACDs can be played in native DSD format, or converted to PCM if your DAC does not handle native DSD.
The Baetis® XR2 is designed for the most discriminating Home Theater applications, utilizing Intel's 4th generation HD graphics engine and Core i7 processor. It retains the critical audiophile features of the Revolution II, including the best-sounding 2-channel digital signal over the industry’s only galvanically-isolated, dedicated SPDIF output. The XR2 also has 2 HDMI outputs, both protected with special EMI/RFI-reduction material – one for highest definition video, one for multi-channel output to play any format including DTS-HD® Master and Dolby Digital TrueHD®, with or without DSP, and with or without the computer doing the transcoding to PCM.
Why we are better
Why our computers are the best servers
Every manufacturer makes this claim and the only way to prove it is by auditioning a high-end audiophile or videophile component within your own system. First, only on a true Windows® PC will you be able to play the best version of JRiver® Media Center software, the acknowledged leader in audiophile/videophile quality (parenthetically, a PC is a true open system, the most easily upgradeable, unlike a Mac or a computer using proprietary software). Second, among the audiophile computers, only ours has a special galvanically isolated, dedicated SPDIF output. Third, we live by our customer service – if it is not the best, by a wide margin, then we have not met our business objectives.Read more
USP versus USB
Computer audiophile experts will typically say that “USB is the best 2-channel sound out of a PC”. This is true for all of the factory laptops that many audiophiles use. It is also true for some of the highest-end custom or do-it-yourself builds. But USB is NOT the very best 2-channel digital output. Our isolated, dedicated, SPDIF connection straight off its own header on the motherboard IS the best, by a series of a-b tests that we have performed. We call our SPDIF connection USP (for Ultra-Short signal Path).Read more
DACs and DSD – A Primer
Today, it seems that every audiophile wants to have a DAC that plays "native DSD". DSD refers to the native format within SACDs. DSD computer files can be obtained by professional ripping of SACDs or by downloading DSD files from the new websites that provide such services.Read more
"...I’ve now been living with this unit for about 3 months and I can tell you it has changed the way I listen to music..."
"...the customer service is even beyond that of the music quality..."
"...the Baetis Revolution is my go-to source component for high resolution download playback..."
"The server works perfectly; it is a real upgrade from (the) 6k$ Naim CD player!"
"...the best digital sound I have ever heard in my system."
Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, issue 240, February, 2014
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